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Music (session musician pathway) ( Level 4 Higher National Certificate / Diploma)

Pearson BTEC

Course Overview

If music is your passion, this exciting course could lead you into the music industry. You’ll need to be able to play an instrument or sing. On the course you will learn the skills required of a modern performer such as how to rehearse and perform in live gigs, how to make the most of working in a recording studio and also the business side of the music industry. Performance, theory, aural training and composition are combined with technology skills to provide a varied training programme. The outstanding facilities include rehearsal spaces, recording studios, Apple Mac suites and a 170 seat theatre. You will have the opportunity to learn and develop technical skills and benefit from the knowledge and experience of tutors. Students have recently won three 1st prizes in the MUSIC SKILLS NI inter college competitions as well as Gold and Silver in the UK World Skills Popular Music in recent years.
  • Start Date
    1 Sep 2023
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    1 Year (HNC) 2 Year (HND)
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate / Diploma HNC in Music (general pathway)/ HND in Music (session musician pathway)
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 01/09/2023

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
Two young female students walking and laughing together

Course Modules

  • Marketing and promotion
  • Fundamentals of composition
  • Composing using technology
  • Applied music theory
  • Performing
  • Songwriting
  • Creative research
  • Advanced performance skills
  • Live arrangement skills
  • Project management
  • Composing to a brief
  • Musicology
  • Professional development
  • Music industry
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

32 UCAS Points plus satisfactory standard achieved at mandatory interview/ audition.

ROI Requirements

32 UCAS Points equivalent plus satisfactory standard achieved at mandatory interview/ audition.

Work Placement


What's Next?

Further Study

Direct entry to the final year of an honours degree programme is a possibility at both Leeds College of Music and Leeds Beckett

Career Prospects

The course provides invaluable experiences working in real life scenarios that have led to many of our graduates successfully working in the industry as session musicians, music producers, sound engineers, teachers, managers, composers and more


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    I was so much happier completing a course in something I really enjoyed, rather than studying three A-Levels in subjects that weren't going to benefit me in the future.
    Kyle Scott (Sport)
  • Image of Abigail Smyth (Art & Design)
    My time studying Art & Design at Limavady campus allowed me to fully develop my creative and technical skills that I use every day running my own business, Amity Tattoo, in Ballymoney.
    Abigail Smyth (Art & Design)

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